ERIC Number: ED416029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Our Children: Kids Count in Vermont Health Addendum. 1997 Data Book.
Vermont Children's Forum, Montpelier.
The statistical portrait of this Kids Count report is based on seven indicators of child health: (1) lead poisoning; (2) immunization; (3) hunger; (4) condom use; (5) tobacco use; (6) alcohol use; and (7) inhalant use. The first section of the report presents information on the health indicators. Findings indicate that Vermont immunization levels are getting closer to national goals; model clean indoor air legislation restricts exposure to environmental tobacco smoke; state laws address prevention, intervention, and treatment of childhood lead exposure; the Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program has very high participation and innovative services; most Vermont children have health insurance; and a new law offers the most comprehensive model of treating child and adult mental health and substance abuse conditions. However, children continue to be exposed to environmental toxins, experience hunger and are at risk for the effects of under-nutrition; school indoor air quality is not regulated; and youth substance use is rising. The report concludes by noting that continued support of state policies and programs to address child health issues and continued child advocacy are crucial. The appendix includes a resources section providing information on related legislation, program eligibility, and specific indicator information such as an immunization schedule, and childhood lead screening recommendations. Also appended are the study methodology, data sources, and acknowledgments. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Child Welfare, Children, Condoms, Contraception, Demography, Drinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Insurance, Inhalants, Lead Poisoning, Mental Health, Nutrition, Public Policy, Smoking, Social Indicators, State Regulation, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Substance Abuse, Tables (Data), Tobacco, Trend Analysis, Well Being, Youth Problems
Vermont KIDS COUNT, Vermont Children's Forum, P.O. Box 261, Montpelier, VT 05601; phone: 802-229-6377; fax: 802-229-4929 ($9).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Children's Forum, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont